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Pa. GOP objects to Wolf's tone, taxes in budget speech

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 9, 2016 2:29 PM
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Gov. Wolf delivered his second Budget Address in front of lawmakers today.

(Harrisburg) -- Republicans are objecting to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's tough budget address in which he told lawmakers they'd helped make Pennsylvania's finances a ticking time bomb, and to deal with it responsibly or find a new job.

On Tuesday, the first-term Democrat delivered a $33.3 billion budget proposal to the Republican-controlled Legislature, even as they are still fighting over billions in the current budget.

That's a two-year, 14 percent increase. To make it balance, he'll need to persuade Republicans to help pass a nearly $3 billion tax increase.

Republican House Speaker Mike Turzai says Wolf's tone was unstatesmanlike and petulant. But House Democratic leader Frank Dermody says ``the truth hurts.''

Top Republicans also say they're committed to dealing with the deficit without raising taxes, and say that Wolf's proposal includes billions in extra spending.

The governor's budget fight with GOP lawmakers is seven months deep into the current fiscal year, without a full-year spending plan in place.

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